If you’re looking for state that has quite a bit to do, then the Tarheel State is just the place to go. This geographically diverse state is a bonanza of different environments and places to see or go.
The coast has a shockingly high number of miles of beaches, largely due to the Outer Banks, a stretch of islands that extend so far from the mainland, that the continent is not visible. It’s possible to see the sun come up over the water on the eastern beach, trudge to the other side of the island, and then watch it set over the water on the western beach. The mainland coast of course has its own beaches on top of all this!
The western end of the state is home to some of the tallest mountains west of the Mississippi, and the Blue Ridge Parkway goes up and down quite a few of them, providing a scenic drive in the late spring, full summer, and early fall that offers unparalleled vistas for passengers and drivers alike to enjoy.
The city of Asheville is a great place to center a mountain vacation around during the summer, given its art, culture, eating, and low humidity. Plan for a whole day at the Biltmore Estate, the largest private home in the country.
Sports fans often discover North Carolina to be a mecca for on-field action. Three major leagues are represented with the NFL Carolina Panthers playing in Charlotte, as well as the NBA Charlotte Hornets. The NHL Carolina Hurricanes play up the interstate closer to the capital. ACC action and fierce rivalries happen with Tobacco Road schools like UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, Wake Forest University, and North Carolina State University competing against one another.